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Fire Retardants and their Potential Impact on Fire Fighter Health

September 30, 2009
National Institute of Standards of Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD 20899



September 30, 2009, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20899

8:30 Registration 

8:50 Welcome, Dr. William Grosshandler, Deputy Director, BFRL, NIST 

9:00 Context for meeting

Chair: Richard M. Duffy, Assistant to the General President, Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)


10:00 What are fire retardants and why do we use them?

Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Gilman, Leader, Materials Flammability Group, Fire Research Division, NIST

10:45 Break 


11:00 previous session continued


12:05 What happens to fire retardants and their products in the environment?

Chair:  Leslie Boord, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, NIOSH

12:30 Lunch 


1:15 previous session continued

2:45 Break 


3:00 Are there health risks to fire fighters created by fire retardants?

Chair: Dr. Margaret Simonson McNamee, Research Manager, SP Technical Research Institute, Sweden


5:00 Where are our gaps in knowledge?

Open Session, Chaired by William Grosshandler, NIST 

5:30 Adjourn


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